Healthy Halloween // Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Along with a happy Halloween, we want you to have a healthy Halloween! Don’t forget to add healthy snacks in with the other sweets and treats of the season. Making a healthy Halloween snack is really simple with just a few supplies and ingredients.

Today I’ll show you how to make three different Halloween snacks:  Orange Pumpkins, Halloween Teeth, and Witches Brooms.

First, gather your ingredients:

Apples
Oranges
Celery Stalks
Green Onions
String Cheese
Pretzel Sticks
Peanut Butter
Marshmallows

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You’ll need a cutting board and a sharp knife.

To make Orange Pumpkins grab the oranges and celery. Start by peeling your oranges.

Did you know that the white covering between the orange peel and the flesh of the fruit is called the pith? The pith is high in fiber so don’t hesitate to eat it. The Vitamin C in oranges helps keep your immune systems strong, helps your body heal, and increases your iron absorption. In just one orange there is 94% of the Vitamin C you need for the day!

Next, wash the celery stalks by running them under cool water and rubbing with your hands or a vegetable brush.  Trim the celery stalks down to sticks about 2″ tall.

Push your celery sticks into the top of the orange to act like the stem of the pumpkin. You can use raisins to make a jack-o-lantern face.

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Halloween Teeth will give you a serving of fruit and protein for the day. For this snack you’ll need the apples, peanut butter, and the marshmallows. When choosing a peanut butter to use, try and pick a natural peanut butter. Natural peanut butter typically consists of only peanuts and salt. Regular peanut butter contains filler ingredients. Generally speaking, the fewer the ingredients listed on a food label, the more natural a food is and the healthier it is for us.

Apples are a good source of Vitamin C as well as fiber. Unpeeled apples have twice the fiber as a peeled apple and are richer in antioxidants. To maximize on nutrition, make sure to eat apples unpeeled.

The next step is to wash, core, and slice your apples. Then spread some peanut butter on each apple slice. Once the peanut butter is spread, squish a few marshmallows between two apple slices to make spooky Halloween Teeth!

Our third snack is Witches Brooms. Grab the green onions, string cheese, and pretzel sticks. String cheese is a good source of calcium and protein. If you choose a part-skim string cheese, you can cut out a bit of extra fat from your diet.

Unwrap the string cheese and cut into halves or thirds. Wash your green onions and cut off the white end.  From the green end, start pulling the onions apart into thin strips to use as string.

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Next, take a pretzel stick and push it into one end of each piece of string cheese.

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Wrap a green string around the top of the cheese on the pretzel end and tie a knot to secure the string.  This part can be a little tricky.  If it’s not working for you, just leave the green onion string off. The last thing you will do is use your fingers to start separating the string cheese so one end looks like a broom head.

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And there you go! Three quick and easy nutritious halloween snacks.

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Another tasty fall snack is roasted pumpkin seeds.  Seeds are a good source of magnesium and zinc which are both minerals needed in our bodies. A handful of pumpkin seeds is a great snack. They can be used as a crunchy topping on pancakes, mixed with yogurt, in place of croutons on a salad, mixed with dried fruit, nuts, or popcorn to make a trail mix, and much more! To learn how to roast your own pumpkin seeds, see the recipe card below.

What nutritious halloween snack will you make this season? Enjoy!

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